Toronto CISO Inner Circle

February 21, 2023 | Arcadian

February 21, 2023

Collaborate with your peers

Join Toronto's top CISOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

Effective Communication and Balance of Risk, Value and Cost

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

Toronto CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Michael Dundas

AVP, Cyber Protection

Sandra Liepkalns

Choice Properties REIT
VP, Information Security & Data Governance

Ranjika Manamperi

Ontario Power Generation
VP Cybersecurity & CISO


February 21, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Enabling Digital Cyber-Risk Management

Natalia Bakhtina headshot

Natalia Bakhtina

Director of Cybersecurity and IT Risk Management

BFL Canada

Teodor Pana headshot

Teodor Pana

Director of Cyber Security / ISO

Saint Elizabeth Health Care

Salman Ashraf headshot

Salman Ashraf

Director, Corporate Information Security Officer (CISO)

The Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation

Nagesh Chawla headshot

Nagesh Chawla

AVP, Enterprise Architecture and Information Security

Foresters Financial

Raghavendra Kumar headshot

Raghavendra Kumar

Divisional Vice President Security Architecture, Engineering & IAM

Hudson's Bay Co

Maryam Asgariazad headshot

Maryam Asgariazad

Director Information Security

Alterna Savings

Reid Tatoris headshot

Reid Tatoris

Director of Product


Simon Brown headshot

Simon Brown

Senior Director, Cybersecurity & Risk Management

Canopy Growth Corporation

Puroo Maheshwari headshot

Puroo Maheshwari

VP, Security Engineering

Thomson Reuters

A growing number of companies are willing to increase their risk appetites to get ahead in the wake of unpredictable environments and innovative technologies’ potential to provide competitive advantages. CISOs must evolve more thoughtful risk-based vendor relationships, add requests for evidence of security controls, shift to resilience-based thinking, and work to get ahead of coming regulations.

CISOs should identify and proactively manage future risks by notifying decision-makers about new security strategies, norms, and technologies. It is imperative that relationships continue to evolve with senior leadership outside IT and security to ensure effective communication of organizational risk. Lastly, tracking and addressing skills gaps with creative talent management practices will help cybersecurity leaders stay ahead of the curve.

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

  • How are you equipping decision-makers throughout the organization to independently make informed risk decisions rather than relying on automation?
  • Many CISOs have turned toward the organization of cyber fusion teams to operate in a more product-centric way. What strategies to embed security within the organization have you tried? How are you changing mindsets and workflows?
  • What methods have you found effective when communicating the balance of risk, value and cost?

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

  • Have you built a formal security behavior and culture program that targets end-users, executive leadership, and the board? How have you done this? What benefits are you seeing?
  • What sort of roles are you hiring for in the coming year? Are they more business focused or technology/security focused?
  • How are you involving business leaders around cyber decision making to ensure joint responsibility?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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